Tibet

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Renowned for its unique spirituality and Himalayan landscape, the 'roof of the world' remains one of Asia's most intriguing destinations. Despite a tumultuous past, Tibet has somehow managed to preserve its unique Buddhist culture and much of its history. Today you'll discover a pervasively spiritual country full of prayer flags and prayer wheels, pilgrims and monasteries, and temples alive with worshippers and thick plumes of incense. The people are also fabulously welcoming. Tibet's location in the highest region of the world compounds the sense of spirituality and blesses it with spectacular mountain scenery. The main cities of Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse are remarkably accessible –perfect for pottering around –and include highlights such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Potala Palace, beautiful old towns with ancient architecture and several monasteries. The potential for adventure in Tibet is seemingly limitless;take advantage of the opportunity to hike along rugged mountain passages or drive along some of the world's highest, wildest roads. Areas such as Terdrom and Drikung offer spectacular Himalayan landscapes ideal for hiking and at certain times of year you will be able to witness nomadic people grazing their yak herds or spot rare wild blue sheep. If it is Tibet's Himalayan location that is most attractive to you, there's always the once in a lifetime opportunity to take a trip to the Everest Base Camp.

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Tibet is located in the highest region of the world, which is why it is often referred to as the 'Roof of the World'. The capital, Lhasa, is home to the World Heritage Site of Potala Palace, once the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas. The 15th century Palkhor Chode Monastery at Shigatse, Tibet's second largest city, is worth a visit due to its beautiful murals. Gyantse is a traditional Tibetan town and is famous for its wool and carpet production. While Tibet is off the normal tourist trail, visitors will receive a warm welcome from the locals.


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Best time to be there

The severe climatic conditions and great discrepancy in daily and seasonal temperatures are due mainly to the high altitude. Mid-spring, summer and early autumn get rather warm. Early spring gets cold, especially in the mornings and at night. A similar climatic situation applies to the late autumn and winter months.

Fly to

Lahasa via Chengdu, China or Kathmandu, Nepal

flying time

2 hours from Chengdu or 1 hour 5 minutes from Kathmandu

time difference

GMT +7 hours

Visas

Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area



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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Journey to the Roof of the World

Nights: 14 | from £4,540

Explore the stunning rural areas of Drikung and Terdrom Find out more

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Adventure & Culture

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Quintessential Tibet

Nights: 10 | from £4,286

Explore China, taking in the sights of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse – as well as a visit to the giant Pandas of Chengdu. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Shangri-La Lhasa

Lhasa

Perched right in the heart of the Himalayas, the Shangri-La Hotel is perfectly located close to many of Lhasa's attractions. The property offers 262 spacious...Find out more

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St Regis Lhasa

Lhasa

With no doubt one of the most exotic locations in the world, the St. Regis Lhasa lies 3,680m above sea level in Tibet's capital and provides one of the...Find out more

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